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The Top Internet Marketing Strategies For Your Business

When it comes to marketing your business online, it doesn’t matter whether you are a small local craft shop or a global business standing the test of time, the way we advertise and the way consumers look at our products or services is constantly shifting.

So we need to be constantly aware of what is going on in the digital marketing scene so that we can continue to do what we do and to continue to be seen.

Looking ahead towards 2019, we are seeing some changes in the way consumers are viewing advertisements and how they are reacting to them. People are constantly connected and as a result, are more clued up towards gimmicky and flashy ads that they see thousands of times a day.

In this article, we will look at a few of the top marketing strategies that you should currently be employing in your business and we will also take a look at what is trending for 2019 giving you a head start in shaping your next year.

What is an Internet Marketing Strategy?

You strategically market your business by putting in place a plan of action to promote, advertise and sell your service or products to people.

By understanding whom your target audience is, that is, who you are trying to sell your product or service to, you have taken the first step in implementing a strategic internet marketing plan.

Perhaps you want to advertise to other businesses (business to business or B2B marketing) or maybe your customers are the general public. In this case, you must consider the age group and gender among other factors to define your target audience.

Top Tip 1: Search Engine Marketing

This boils down to two subcategories, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Pay per Click (PPC) Marketing.

SEO is organic and allows for your company’s website to be on the list of search engine results. It is advised not to rely on SEO as your only marketing strategy, but you shouldn’t pass up on putting some effort into it either, as Google, Bing or Yahoo searches can still bring in massive amounts of leads and traffic to your site.

Your ranking within a search engine result is deemed by a number of factors, including what you keywords you place in your description and meta-tags on your website, your social media activity guest blog posts and such.

Pay per Click advertising such as Google’s Adwords involves you paying for your website to be displayed alongside an organic search engine results.

Other PPC advertising strategies include the very popular Facebook Ads, which is still one of the best ways to gain leads available with a ton of marketing information available on the billion people active every day.

Top Tip 2: Contests, Vouchers and Giveaways

Everybody loves to win. It is irresistible to enter a free draw and much more appealing to enter an online store or business with a voucher code in hand.

An epic way to see an increase in leads, customers and traffic are to advertise a voucher, offering 10% off, free shipping or a buy one get two deal, or to run a contest or giveaway to get involvement, shares and traffic through to your website.

Not only do contests give you loads of consumer data to use, but your consumers also market for your business and you can increase your fan base tenfold.

Top Tip 3: Be Active on Social Media

Not only should you reply to any comments that you receive on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts, increasing public likeability and engaging with your customers, but it is worthwhile maintaining a blog as well.

The more active you are on your blog and on social media, the more often you are able to post new keywords. This enables search engines to find and display your website more often, which we spoke about earlier with SEO.

Your blog can also gather a sort of a cult following, where you can offer advice, share what you know and really get to know who your target audience is.

Looking Ahead:

Digital Marketing sees trends rise and fall as consumers change the way they connect with each other on an online platform. Looking ahead, we can see a few trends that are to shape how we market online for 2019.

Video Marketing.

You yourself probably feel like you are watching more videos these days as you stroll through the net and your attention is called to something. Watching videos is more fun than reading an article and this new opportunity to reach and engage with customers is growing terrifically.

Thanks to a survey from Wyzowl,  99% of businesses who use videos say they will use them again, and 85% of businesses regarding video marketing as an important part of their marketing strategy. Get on board and don’t be left behind.

Internet video traffic will become a huge percentage of all consumer internet traffic in 2019. Live streams, in particular, are extremely popular and there is a lot of evidence pointing to a higher retention rate of live videos over pre-recorded ones.

Authenticity

Not exactly new, but in the world of marketing automation and chatbots, it is so easy to forget who it is we are actually trying to sell to real people. One of the best ways to market your business, and a definite growing trend as consumers are demanding it, is authenticity.

According to a review by Stackla, 86% of customers said that authenticity greatly influences their decision on what brands they like and support.

This is a huge percentage of people who want to feel like they are dealing with real people, not just another big business or brand. Take that into account when considering your marketing strategy for 2019.

With a strong online marketing strategy, you will help to grow your business and see more traffic to your site, more customers, more leads and connections and in the end, more sales. By taking into account the above tips your internet marketing plan can be your key to future and substantial success.

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What Tools Can I Use To Evaluate Brand Awareness?

Most business owners who are goal-oriented know how to track their sales and conversion rates, but how can you track and evaluate your marketing strategies on brand awareness?

Before the digital age, it just didn’t happen. We had no idea how many people saw an advertisement on a billboard or paid attention to a radio or television advertisement and knew what a brand was all about unless perhaps some surveys or questionnaires were taken.

But in the digital age, we have a much greater awareness of what people are seeing and how they are reacting to it. Just because a digital marketer has the same goal for every business they market, a business does not have to have the same goal as another business.

Some businesses are hoping to reach a different set of customers whilst others may want to target their target audiences only. How can we evaluate if our marketing techniques are effective in brand awareness?

1. Investigate your Social Media Followers

Calculating the number of people who follow your brand across the social media channels available, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Reddit Google+ etc., is a great way of evaluating who is aware of your brand. Needless to say, those with greater social media following tend to have a more successful business.

It is also important to track the involvement of these followers, so you can put more time and effort into the channels that are more active than the ones where not too many people show an interest or engage with.

As you follow these engagements, you can assess progress within your brand to see what marketing strategies work to garner more interest and build bigger followers.

2. Look at Website Traffic

Using Google Analytics or a marketing automation platform such as this one, to directly track the number of people who typed your URL into their address bar, clicked a link in an email or offline document or used a browser bookmark gives you over time, incredible depth into how your brand awareness is increasing or decreasing.

Measuring your website traffic over time when you look in the right places will certainly offer you insights into how people are aware of your brand.

Of course, measuring keywords has become more and more difficult with the introduction of private searching, so you will not entirely be able to evaluate who searched for your brand because they knew of it before or whether they happened upon it by chance.

Of course, not every brand is dependent on their website for sales, advertising may come from another point of call and the website is purely additional information for those interested

3. Surveys

You can conduct a survey either through email, telephone, website, social media or at the end of an order form. This will give you an opportunity to either ask existing customers how they heard about you or you can reach out to a randomly selected group of people to ask whether they have heard about your brand or not.

The latter approach is more useful if your brand already has the following of a decent percentage of a group of people, perhaps in your local town or community.

If a local business asked globally if their brand was known, the statistics would not come back in their favor.

When conducting a survey, you need to be aware of response bias, where people may not give accurate answers based on how they were asked. A way around this might be to be a fly on the wall. Again, social media is great for ‘listening in’ on organic conversations about your brand.

4. Don’t forget to benchmark your findings

It is all well and good to get more involved on social media, get your customers involved and use a few analytical tools to see how many people are viewing your website, but if you don’t benchmark these findings, that is to say, you do not have a baseline from where you have begun, you will not be able to document any natural peaks and troughs, or any irregularities. You can use this information to change how you chose to advertise.

89% of B2B marketers say brand awareness is the most important goal, followed by sales and lead generation.

We will continue the article by explaining some of the metrics that you can apply to assist with measuring brand awareness. Although the use of digital marketing has made it easier for us to gather information about our customers and leads, understanding and using all the tools available out there can be mind-boggling. Here are a few you should know about that you can use to evaluate brand awareness.

5. Reach

Reach is defined by the potential number of people who will view something about your brand online and will go and view your brand’s content.

This is the reason that influencers are given free products in return for writing a blog post or making a video about it. The number of followers an author has is the ‘reach’ that the author has for your brand when they mention it.

6. PPC analytics

This is probably the easiest tool you can use to gauge online brand awareness. PPC analytics can help you to calculate the conversion rate by providing you with the number of people that clicked your ads.

By using this information, you can also understand how many people you are converting through your paid advertisements.

This online tool is available on any individual platform that you are spending money advertising on, such as with Facebook Ads or Google Adwords.

Using brand awareness effectively results in an effective marketing strategy for your business. When you are able to understand how your customers are reached and how they respond once they have been made aware of your brand, you are able to design marketing tools effective to bring leads into sales.

Generally, the more consumers that are able to remember your brand, the more successful your brand is going to be. With social media being such an effective marketing tool, we are now able to use a huge amount of information that is obtained to our benefit and reach more people than ever before.